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Pax Christi: Children are Africa’s greatest resources

Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, said it will build up young people to contribute to peace and justice in Africa, noting that children are the continent’s greatest resource.

Young people could ‘contribute to the development, well-being and peace’ of Africa, Pax Christi members said in a statement from a conference on ‘Nonviolence in Africa: Creating a Future of Hope’ at the Denis Hurley Peace Institute.

The statement on a culture of peace and nonviolence was read by Pax Christi Co-Presidents Marie Dennis, a laywoman from Washington; the Bishop of Rustenburg, South Africa, Kevin Dowling; and the retired Bishop of Torit, South Sudan, Paride Taban.

Pax Christi consists of more than 100 organisations around the world, and about 30 of these were represented at the Johannesburg meeting, which drew participants from nine African countries, including South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Lesotho.

Parochialism, intolerance, extremism and violence are on the rise, the statement said.

Picture: Children play soccer in 2014 at a camp for displaced people in Minkamman, South Sudan. Pax Christi International, the Catholic peace movement, said it will build up young people to contribute to peace and justice in Africa, noting that children are the continent’s greatest resource. (CNS photo/Jim Lopez, EPA).